Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas
The Pro Football Hall of Fame released the preliminary nominees for the Class of 2010 on Saturday and there are plenty of candidates with NFC South ties.
I’d say the NFC South candidates clearly are headed by former New Orleans linebacker Rickey Jackson. After that, there’s a pretty far drop off. Sam Mills and Dan Reeves might be legitimate candidates. Doug Williams might even fall into that category.
The rest of the list of guys with NFC South ties is Cornelius Bennett, Chris Doleman, Kevin Greene, Jay Hilgenberg, Mike Kenn, Dexter Manley, Clay Matthews, Eric Metcalf, Hardy Nickerson, Bum Phillips, Gerald Riggs, Reggie Roby, George Rogers, Pat Swilling and Darryl Talley.